Roger McGuinn – Peace on You

Album Review | Retroworld | Review by Allan Wilkinson | Stars: 3/5

The second solo album by The Byrds frontman Roger McGuinn, which was first released in 1974, could quite easily have been re-issued as a companion piece to the earlier Roger McGuinn (1973). Both have a similar sound in places although Peace on You seems to be a little more focused, rather than the almost shambolic eclecticism of the former. Once again surrounding himself with choice musicians, including Tommy Tedesco, Leland Sklar, Al Perkins and Russ Kunkel, Peace on You has much more of a Californian singer songwriter vibe going on, rather than the jingle-jangle folk pop investigated by his previous band. Having said that, the old Rickenbacker does make a cameo appearance on the rock-a-bluesy “Gate of Horn” with a tongue inserted in a certain cheek. Mostly self-penned in partnership with Jacques Levy, some of the other songs covered are from the pens of Al Kooper, Dan Fogelberg (both songwriters who also appear on the album) and Charlie Rich, who penned the title song. If the crisp acoustic guitar on “Going to the Country” falls very much in line with the sort of playing of contemporaries such as Stephen Stills, the Tex-Mex feel on “Together”, courtesy of Tommy Tedesco’s flamenco guitar, offers another, rather agreeable aspect. The arrangement on Dan Fogelberg’s “Better Change” borrows heavily from CSNY, with not one of them present, despite Crosby and Nash making an appearance on McGuinn’s previous record. Although quite suitable as a single re-issue, my money would’ve been on a double featuring the first album alongside.